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they rejected the soda tax in richmond, a berkeley city councilwoman wants her city to give it way. the counselwoman urged the city to consider putting added tax on swedened drinks sold in the city. she says the money raised from the tax can go to support youth education and health programs. voters in richmond overwhelmingly rejected measures and which would have placed a one cent tax on every soda sold. >>> okay. when we come back, barry bonds, the baseball giant back in headlines. >>> okay. let the debate begin. is he in or is he out? major league baseball announced that the all-time home run leader, also a bay area native, barry bonds is on the 2013 hall of fame ballot. and it stirred up a little bit of controversy. >> yeah, for a lot of years, fans have been arguing whether barry bonds, and sammy sosa actually belong on that hall of fame. it's well-known that former giants slugger along with sosa and clements, they've had their careers tainted by steroids or performance-enhancing drugs. so far, no one tied with the steroids era has received enough votes for the hall of fame. bu
president obama is talking directly to the american public about tax increases and spending cuts. this afternoon, he walked assembly line outside of philadelphia. it's main product? connecx toys. >> we all agree on making sure middle class taxes don't go up. let's get that done. let's take the fear out for the vast majority of american families so they don't have to worry about $2,000 coming out of their pocket starting next year. >>> all right. now to a story you will see on nbc bay area. >> the san jose skyline could look different if the city can get clearance from the faa. the city leaders say they want taller buildings up to 40 stories high, but since downtown is in the flight path of the airport, there are flight restrictions and that is costing the city money. >> we can do that because we can bring more vibrancy to downtown. more people using restaurants and retail and obviously that attracts more business. >> the faa is doing a study looking the -- at other airports. critics say having taller buildings will ruin the view for the buildings already in downtown. >>> when we
to avoid that looming deadline. tracie potts has the latest on the fight to keep your tax breaks from vanishing. >> reporter: treasury secretary tim geithner and rob nabors bring the president's deficit-cutting plan to capitol hill today. >> i'm open to a fair and balanced approach to reduce our deficit. >> reporter: republicans want to know if it includes the government spending less money. >> we put revenue on the table as long as it's accompanied by serious cuts. >> reporter: white house leaders are meeting with boehner and top republicans. at least one analyst thinks there could be a deal here. >> if i were involved in a negotiation like this and everybody was purporting to be where they are, i would say that an agreement was reachable. >> i'm hopeful but don't put me down anywhere near optimistic. >> reporter: one conservative republican is now suggesting while negotiations continue on whether the wealthy should pay more, congress should stop tax rates from going up on the middle class now. >> we're not going to raise taxes on those people. i think we ought to go ahead and make t
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